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Project by Frank Smith posted 03-07-2013 08:12 AM 19076 views 46 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been wanting to find a better way to organize my hand tools for a while now. We had a lot of snow in the Midwest yesterday so I took the opportunity to build this carrier. It does have a slight resemblance to a middle school shop project, but it accomplishes my goal of having each tool have its own slot. I want to be able to glance at it before I get started at a project and know that I have everything and the same as a wrap up.

The box is 19” x 91/2” and 9”tall. The entire unit is 18” tall. The side boxes are each 5” wide.

I was avoiding having any tool bounce around in the box when it is in my vehicle. I mortised in a magnet that catches the top of the hammer. It worked out great.

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#1 posted 03-07-2013 08:54 AM

Nice fun project on a snow day. Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 03-07-2013 10:14 AM

I like the idea of using the waterpipe to separate the tools.

Good job.

-- When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for

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#3 posted 03-07-2013 11:31 AM

Works for me. Very original, not Jr. High at all.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#4 posted 03-07-2013 12:08 PM

A very well organized tool tote! Yeah, the PVC pipe is a great idea!!!

This should serve you well!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 03-07-2013 02:01 PM

One of these should be in every home in America whether they have a workshop or not. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 03-07-2013 02:20 PM

Great idea, well done!! Welcome to LJ’s and thanks for posting.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#7 posted 03-07-2013 02:37 PM

Great little tool caddy, but I am still trying to figure out just what type of project you would need that set of
tools for, Looks like one of my remodel projects that I have to overhaul that almost new power tool that I got
for almost nothing before I can start. Thank you for sharing and welcome to lumberjocks.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#8 posted 03-07-2013 04:24 PM

The WD-40 is there, but no duct tape. You gotta fix that!


-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs.

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#9 posted 03-07-2013 04:38 PM

Great tote!! How about a bigger pic of the wrench and hammer area? And the other end also! Dimensions maybe??

-- Dennis, WV

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#10 posted 03-07-2013 05:08 PM

Welcome to Lumber Jocks! I like your project. The plastic pipe is a good idea and the over-all concept it well though out. I would have put a picture of the box as my first shot and the tool array later. I thought they were hanging on the wall from the thumbnail. Still, this is a far better job than I did on my first posting.

As time permits, you might want to work on your home page. It took me a while to get to that as well. Judging from this maiden voyage, I would say you have a lot to offer your fellow lumber jocks. I am looking forward to more of your projects, but not if it has to snow this much to inspire them. Nice job. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#11 posted 03-07-2013 05:56 PM

Nice tool caddy! My middle school projects couldn’t compete with this!

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#12 posted 03-07-2013 07:33 PM

Now that is spiffy !!! Nice tote !!!

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#13 posted 03-07-2013 11:25 PM

Great job. It is something that I’ve been wrestling with myself, however your project has added fuel to my fire, and with a few tweaks could make a very handy tote when I do Doors and Hardware on commercial jobsites. Welcome to LJ!

-- Just hammering through life!!!

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#14 posted 03-08-2013 02:53 AM

Welcome aboard. That is only very organized toolbox, nicely done. I look forward to seeing what you make with those tools in the future.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#15 posted 03-08-2013 03:37 AM

I like it.

-- How valuable is time to a person who spends his disparaging the beliefs of others? --David Berthelette

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